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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Two new research projects funded by the Leopold Center's long-running competitive grants program will look at the health of our native and managed pollinators. In one project, ISU ecologist Mary Harris is studying how native pollinators use STRIPS, a new conservation practice that is finding its way to private farms. In another project, ISU entomologist Amy Toth is considering how landscape complexity (or lack of it) affects the health of pollinators. Check out all current research supported by the Leopold Center on our current grants page. Here's our announcement of new projects in 2015 and a printable list with details of those projects [PDF].
PHOTO CREDIT: Anna MacDonald, who was a graduate student with the STRIPS research team,captured this image of the common Buckeye moth.